A People’s Liberation Army Navy type 056 corvette was spotted near the island in January. Photo: AMTI

Beijing sends fleet of ships to disputed South China Sea island ‘to stop Philippines building facilities’

  • Number of ships sent to Spratly Islands reached 95 in mid-December in what US monitors believe was part of effort to coerce Manila into stopping construction work
  • China, Vietnam and the Philippines all lay claim to the island chain
Topic |   South China Sea

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A People’s Liberation Army Navy type 056 corvette was spotted near the island in January. Photo: AMTI
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The PLA Navy guided missile frigate Hengshui and the guided-missile destroyers Yinchuan and Lanzhou take part in a live-fire exercise in the South China Sea. Photo: Handout

South China Sea: Trump military adviser calls for firmer rules to stop near misses

  • Admiral John Richardson says US and PLA warships need to keep their distance in disputed waters and avoid action that would escalate into full-blown clashes
Topic |   US-China relations

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The PLA Navy guided missile frigate Hengshui and the guided-missile destroyers Yinchuan and Lanzhou take part in a live-fire exercise in the South China Sea. Photo: Handout
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